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New Update on The Brewery

Nikki Cavanaugh

Sorry it's been so long folks! We've been busy in the last year since our post. So, here do we start....

We've extended our beer portfolio to include more seasonals, occasionals, and one off beers.  Since last summer we added De Levende Doden our Belgian porter with cherries, Baby Elephant IPA, and Honey Seeker to the rotational line up.  Our barrel- aged has grown to 32 barrels and include brandy, bourbon, apple jack, rum, and cider barrels.  The barrel aged program has been so much fun!  Some of our beers also made it into bottles including Dog's Bollocks, Ded Moroz Imperial Stout, and the most recent Bauli Saison bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces.  RD has some other beers lined up for the rest of the year that will be announced in a few weeks.

RD has grown in capacity as well.  We added a new fermenter and an attachment to our brewer house called a whirlpool.  Both vessels will allow us to almost double our production and produce more beer for RD drinkers!

We added onto our staff.  If you've been to our tasting room you have probably met Josh. Josh is a charismatic beer geek that loves everything about beer.  If you haven't met Josh you've been slacking on getting to the tasting room kind of like us on this blog. 

Our next goal is to expand into NYC! It looks like year 3 is going to be really exciting for RD.  Look for some of our new beers around the Hudson Valley and soon in NYC!

I hope to update this more regularly.  If I don't please find any news about RD on Facebook, Twitter, or instagram. 


Summer Update

Anthony Rego

After months of persistent requests and the occasional threat, we’ve finally brought back War Elephant DIPA. Just to keep everyone in the loop on its availability, War Elephant will be on tap in our tasting room and be sold to our bars and restaurants through at least the end of August and probably into September. After that we plan on re-releasing our Red Double IPA, Kroovy, and we’ll have that around for a few months before switching back over to War Elephant. So while we won’t have a double IPA available year-round, we will hopefully have one of the two available at any time. We feel like this is fun way to keep a good amount of variety, as well as a way to make sure that the beer stays as fresh as possible.

We’ve got a couple other projects and new beers that we’re working on as well. The first, which should be out for the weekend of July 13, is a one-off batch in our Interloper Series. We’re calling the beer Planet Funkatron (Toe-Jam and Earl fans will understand) and the beer is a Belgian-style Wit Beer base, but we are using Brettanomyces yeast to ferment it instead of normal brewer’s yeast. For anyone not familiar with Brettanomyces, it is often considered a beer spoilage organism that many breweries fight very hard to keep out of their brewery. However, in certain situations it can make fantastic beer…we’re hoping Planet Funkatron falls in that category. The Brett has a really unique flavor profile that gives the beer a complex fruity and slightly tart flavor.

Finally, it sounds strange to say, but Rushing Duck is closing in on our 1 year anniversary in August! To commemorate the occasion, we’re going to brew a special beer. Our flagship beer, Naysayer Pale Ale, is named after all of the Naysayers that were skeptical about Rushing Duck when we were opening up. Well, for our anniversary we wanted to name a beer for all other the awesome people that support Rushing Duck, so we’re calling it Yeasayer Triple Pale Ale. It is going to be a similar recipe to the Naysayer but scaled WAY up. It is going to clock in around 11 or 12% ABV and have about 6lbs. of hops per barrel of beer. We’re only going to do one batch of it, so it won’t be around for very long when it does make its appearance. 

That should keep everyone in the loop for now. Until next time, keep drinking RD beer!

Badly Needed Update

Anthony Rego

If you’re reading this you’ve discovered that we finally got around to launching our web page. We’re gonna give it the old college try to keep it regularly updated, but as we learned when we started the brewery sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day…so bear with us. 

Lot’s of big things coming up for us. First, we’ve signed a deal with Remarkable Liquids to distribute our beer. For our loyal Rushing Duck fans this means that our beer should be in more of your favorite bars and restaurants and will now be available in the Albany/Saratoga area as well as our current counties covered in the lower Hudson Valley. For me, this means that I’ll be able to spend more of my time brewing beer instead of driving all over to deliver kegs.

Also, we’re in the midst of planning a bunch of events, beer dinners, and festivals. We’re still finalizing a lot of it, but we have some really cool things planned, so we’ll keep you posted. 

And finally onto the topic of beer, specifically what’s coming up. We’ve just released our Bauli Saison which should be available into the summer, and we’ve also got some other new things lined up. We’re going to start doing one-off batches every few months of our Naysayer Pale Ale with experimental hops. The way we’ll do it is keep the grain bill of Naysayer the same as normal, but we’ll replace the hops with different experimental varieties to showcase the profile of the individual hop. Also, to clarify because I know I’ll get asked, the normal version of Naysayer will still be as available as always and the recipe will not change. This is simply a fun side project. We’re also going to work on some other one-off batches in the Interloper Series, we’re going to be adding a bunch more barrels to our oak-aged beer collection, and we’re also going to be bringing back a certain sorely missed double IPA in the next couple of months.